Podcast: Interview with Art Meza and “LoWriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul”

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Echo Park Forums
Photo Credit: Broken Sword Publications

For this podcast we interview Art Meza, a contributing photographer for the newly published book “LoWriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul” by Broken Sword Publications. Broken Sword Publications is a Florida-based independent publishing company established in 2007 by Santino J. Rivera.

About LoWriting (directly from publisher)

Take a little trip into the world of Lowriting. Cruise through the streets where sparks on asphalt fly, oldies are forever and tales of love, lust and the law will tempt you. These are the stories behind the cars and people who love them. Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul puts the iconic images of Los Angeles based photographer Art Meza with stories from some of the most chingón voices in the literary world today.

Lowriting collects over 50 of Meza’s stunning photos and pairs them with stories, artwork and poetry from Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lalo Alcaraz, Gustavo Arellano and Alvaro Rodriguez (cowriter of Machete). Lowriting also has contributions from actors Danny De La Paz (Boulevard Nights, American Me) and Daniel Villarreal (Stand and Deliver, American Me) as well as many more from all over Aztlán. These are the shots, rides & stories from the Chicano soul!

This is LoWriting.

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Podcast Interview with Art Meza

(If you haven’t already, click “play” above to listen to the interview, or listen on the go by searching for the Echo Park Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or various other podcast directories.)

Echo Park Forums
Photo Credit: Broken Sword Publications

Echo Park Forums first met Art Meza because of a photograph he took of the iconic House of Spirits sign on Echo Park Ave (it is a photograph that is included in the book). Born and raised in Echo Park and Los Angeles, Art Meza shares his early Echo Park childhood experiences and memories.

We then discuss his three important hobbies that revolve around the book, including cars (classic, lowriders), photography, and writing. Through our conversation we learn about how the book was composed through the contributions of many. Finally, we learn about how to get a copy and how to contact Art Meza for further details.

Interview Outline, Part 1: Art Meza and Echo Park

  • How we met Art (House of Spirits photograph in Echo Park)
  • Art’s early Echo Park history (early housing, schooling, activities)
  • Family history and Mexican descent
  • Art’s Early memories in Echo Park
    • Pioneer Market
    • Echo Park Lake
  • Art’s reading of Echo Park Poem “My First Love”
Echo Park Forums
Photo Credit: Broken Sword Publications

Part 2: LoWriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul

  • Cars and Photography
    • Art’s interest in cars (and his Father’s influence)
    • How the car hobby led to photography
    • Instagram and casual photography
    • How a new camera turned photography into a more serious hobby
    • How Instagram opened doors for publishing (Broken Sword Publications)
    • How Santino’s book required better photography
  • How LoWriting’s pictures were sought out
    • How does Art find cool low riders?
    • Social media Networking (Twitter, Instagram, events)
    • Car shows
    • Road trips (with friends like Art Beltran)
  • Art’s favorites classics/low riders
    • Custom jobs
    • 1956 Chevy
    • Late 40’s
    • Early 60’s (Buicks, Oldsmobile)
  • Car Photography
    • The photo shoot (10-15 pics, different angles)
    • Editing (Snapseed, Photoshop,other iOS apps)
    • How to choose which photos to post online
    • Using smart phones for editing (PE Photo LR, for watermarks)
    • Protecting your copyright/copyright infringement
Echo Park Forums
Photo Credit: Broken Sword Publications

Part 3: LoWriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul

  • The stories behind LoWriting
    • Many stories in the book (poems, essays, plays)
    • Emphasis on the title including “Writing”
    • How stories tell experiences, memories, stories related to the lowriding culture
    • LoWriting book includes 30 Writing Contributors
  • How were the contributors found?
    • Call for submissions (artwork included)
  • Reading of “Take a Little Trip with Me” by Robert Flores
  • The Release of LoWriting
    • Released January 8, 2014 (English, Spanish, Callo) by Broken Sword Publications
    • The book’s outreach effort
    • The value of the book/unique independent publishing
    • How the book resonates with different people/contributors/consumers
  • How to purchase LoWriting
    • Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Santino’s Broken Sword Publications
  • Events
    • Reading at Mi Vida Boutique (5159 York Blvd. Feb 22nd, 6:30 pm)
      • 5-10 contributors will show up to read
      • Acting out of a play from LoWriting
    • March 15-16 Art goes to Arizona for Tucson Festival of Books
Echo Park Forums
Photo Credit: LA Mayor’s Office

Part 4: Social Media

  • How Eric Garcetti came Upon Art’s Work
    • Art’s Interactions on Twitter
    • Arts and Culture Mayor
    • 6th Street Bridge
    • Frame Monster LA
  • The value of Social Media
    • Art’s favorite Network?
  • Wrap-up and thank you’s


Thank you Art Meza for the interview! 

Note: Because of schedule difficulties, this podcast episode was published after an event discussed in the interview. For further event and meet-up opportunities, please contact Art Meza and Broken Sword Publications.

2 Responses

  1. Galen

    Do you know how I can get in touch with Art Meza? I can’t find any direct contact online but am Interested in his photography for a downtown Show. Galen (530)409-9721 gmansocal15@gmail.com

    • Staff

      Hi Galen,

      Thank you for your comment. Have you been able to reach Art? If not, I can contact him personally and ask if it is okay to share his contact.



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